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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that the club are in contact with the Football Association over Alejandro Garnacho’s social media activity. Garnacho could face a ban for a controversial post on X (formerly Twitter) referring to team-mate Andre Onana after his Champions League heroics this week.
Onana has been widely heralded by his team-mates and supporters for his 97th-minute penalty save against FC Copenhagen on Tuesday.
It secured a 1-0 win at Old Trafford through Harry Maguire’s second-half header, keeping United’s hopes of progression out of Group A alive.
Garnacho took to social media to hail Onana’s clutch contribution in the aftermath, but his quickly deleted post on X caused controversy.
The 19-year-old winger posted an image of the United players celebrating around Onana after his last-gasp save, captioning it with two gorilla emojis.
His post has sparked fears that he could face a fine and, more worryingly, a ban if he is found guilty of a breach of FA rules.
But Ten Hag is calm about the situation, confirming that United are in contact with the FA about the situation after Garnacho was approached for his observations.
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“Not [concerned] in this moment. We are talking with the FA,” Ten Hag explained ahead of Sunday’s 191st Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
“I can confirm that and want to emphasise we are together, we are United, and you see that in the post of Andre Onana.”
Onana took to social media on Thursday to fiercely defend Garnacho’s actions, insisting he knows the United No 17 meant well.
He wrote on X and Instagram: “People cannot choose what I should be offended by. I know exactly what @agarnacho7 meant: power and strength. This matter should go no further. AO24.”
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FA rules on social media posts state that those including references to a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability are considered ‘aggravating factors’.
If found to breach FA Rule E3(2), a Regulatory Commission will consider the imposition of a doubled sanction. The FA advises deleting inappropriate posting but states such an act won’t prevent disciplinary action.
In 2020, Edinson Cavani was hit with a three-game ban and a £100,000 fine just two months into his United career for calling a young fan ‘n*****o’ in his Instagram comments.
Garnacho’s potential offence is significantly less direct, but a suspension would come as a significant blow to the teenage Argentine and Ten Hag.
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